Number 22: Mask vs. Title Match for the World Heavyweight Championship Triple H (c) defeated Kane June 23, 2003
In 2002, the bitterest rivalry in WWE was between Kane and Triple H. At No Mercy 2002, World Heavyweight Champion Triple H defeated Intercontinental Champion Kane in a bout that unified the two titles, but the rivalry truly culminated on June 23, 2005. Raw co-General Manager “Stone Cold” Steve Austin offered Kane a World Title opportunity if the Big Red Monster rejected an offer from Triple H to join Evolution, co-General Manager Eric Bischoff added the stipulation that if Kane lost, he would be forced to unmask.
Kane dominated The Game for much of the contest, channeling his rage into a powerful offense that left The Cerebral Assassin reeling. But when the referee was knocked down, interference by Ric Flair was enough to allow Randy Orton to take Kane down with an RKO. Triple H picked up the victory and moments later, Raw history was made when Kane took off his mask for the first time. The match highlighted Kane’s monstrous strength and the aftermath revealed his monstrous visage